thanks to the Council of Canadians (Cowichan Valley), Susan Martin, Phil
Marchant, Ray Zimmerman, Karen Skowron, Peter Schofield, Benita Blundell,
Nancy Boorman, Bill Wilson, Marya Nyland, Peter Spurr, Jim Hackler, Ruth
Masters, Mel Moilliet, Muriel Park, Michael Bonnor, Gail Schacter, Roger
Colwill, Victoria Natural History Society, Brian Grant, Bonnie Oldershaw
& Gary Greenstein.
can be sent to EcoNews, 395 Conway Rd, Victoria V9E 2B9. For a receipt,
send stamped addressed envelope.
line (free to non-profits, low-income). 1" box ad $30, $2" $55.
For rent – delightful, furnished, 2BR duplex in 1912 building, near
Crystal Pool. Dec 1st – April 1st. $900 pm, incl utilities.
Bill or Jackie 361-9446.
Krawczyk, inmate number 03793924, is serving one year for defending
the Elaho ancient rainforest. We’re sure she’d like a letter! Burnaby Correctional
Center for Women, 7900 Fraser Park Dr. Burnaby, BC, V5J 5H1. Barney Kern
is another Elaho defender also serving a 1 year term: New Haven Correctional
Centre, 4250 Marine Drive Burnaby, BC V5J 3E9.
To Doug Koch, who is stepping down after 11 years service as the voluntary
coordinator of Victoria’s April EarthWeek, a big THANKYOU. So here’s an
opportunity. Does the possibility of helping organize an annual Earth, peace
and human rights jiggermaroo tickle your spirit? Call Doug at 383-5765 to
talk it over.
Fancy working evenings, 5-9pm, inviting people to join the Western Canada
Wilderness Committee? Good canvassers can earn between $50 to $100 per night.
Call Lisa, WCWC, 388-9292. www.wildernesscommittee.org
For Sale – My Apple LC 475 computer, complete with quality GCC laser
printer and software; used reliably for several years. $750 or best offer
– call Guy Dauncey, 881-1304.
Biberstein, Switzerland, they’ve opened an organic public swimming pool.
No chlorine, no bright blue tiles, just wonderful, clear, clean water. With
dragonflies playing in the reeds, water lilies, snails and frogs, nature
has come back full force. The old pool was 25 by 12 metres, so two new ponds
(same size) were added to purify the water. (Le Temps, thanks to Andrea
is partially powered by solar and wind energy, and warmed by geothermal
heat. It has a five-acre natural wetland, waterless urinals, and an underground
stormwater collection and reuse system that will save 144,000 gallons a
year. What is it? It’s Millennium Elementary school, in Kent, Washington.
Costs for most of the eco-features were higher, but officials expect savings
in the long run. (From www.greendesign.net/greenclips)
a zero-emissions car which will travel up to 200 km for 45 cents – but it’s
not powered by gas or hydrogen. Its owners say "It’s an anti-globalization
production idea…which will be ideal for urban transport", and they
are planning factories in France, South Africa, Mexico, Spain and Australia.
The ‘e.Volution’ runs on compressed air, charged up electrically and stored
under the car. Its designer, Guy Negre, is a former French formula one engineer
who spent years searching for an alternative to gas-powered vehicles, and
patented the results. Zero Pollution Motors bought the rights, and the first
vehicles will be for sale in early 2002. To be totally free of emissions,
of course, the electricity must also come from a renewable source.
those who eat meat…..In Britain, six supermarket chains (including Safeway)
are carrying "Freedom Food", certifying that their meat comes
from animals which have known freedom from fear and distress; freedom from
pain, injury or disease; freedom from hunger and thirst; freedom from discomfort;
and the freedom to express normal animal behaviour. The Royal Society for
the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the government’s Farm Animal Welfare
Council worked together to develop the scheme. (With thanks to Andy Shadrack).
Aerospace Airbus is working on a hydrogen fueled passenger aircraft, the
Cryoplane, hoping to start series production within 10 years.
Eric Bonham’s tribute to Nancy McMinn, who died on October 13th: Gandhi
once observed: "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." This
is a fitting tribute to Nancy, whose life we celebrate today. Like Gandhi,
Nancy walked her talk. She was a remarkably influential yet unassuming leader
who lived in our midst, and yet throughout, she was true to herself. Her
sincere interest in people, her deep love for the outdoors, nature and music,
and her enquiring mind that consistently thought outside the box made her
a delightfully interesting friend.
was both a pragmatist and a visionary. We have only to think of the many
initiatives that have occurred in our community during her watch, such as
her interest with her husband Bob and others in founding the Highlands Ratepayers
Association and the Highlands Community Association, forerunners to the
District of Highlands; and the many events held in the Caleb Pike Homestead
- craft fairs, Halloween nights, folk nights, summer fairs and picnics,
market days, Easter egg hunts, road clean ups - the list is endless, like
the many committees she served on. Nancy would contribute to each in her
own inimitable style, adding her homespun touch, weaving a heart-warming
welcome into every event, quietly inspiring others to follow suit.
love for nature was a legend. It was my privilege to work with Nancy and
friends in the Gowlland Foundation on the preservation of the Gowlland Range.
Her involvement was nothing short of inspirational. There were times when
the creation of a provincial park seemed unlikely, but her deep trust in
the Universe to provide the skills and the right people in the right place
at the right time was consistent, and proved to be correct. Although we
all had our peaks and valleys, the Gowlland Foundation performed as a team
working relentlessly towards a vision that was greater than the sum of its
parts. It was truly a lesson in trust, cooperation, compassion, respect
and teamwork; and central to it all was Nancy. She was a problem-solver
extraordinaire. She believed that problems or conflict could not be solved
with the head alone, but through a combination of head and heart. For Nancy,
conflict resolution began with a deep respect for those who may hold a different
Nancy experienced times of doubt, fear and resistance to change, they never
lasted long, for the spiritual side of her nature was so balanced that it
carried her forward to the next set of challenges with renewed strength.
There is an old saying that three things in human life are important: to
be kind, to be kind, and to be kind. Nancy McMinn lived her life by such
on-going spirit of Nancy McMinn is as natural as the trees, rocky bluffs,
hills and lakes of the Highlands she loved. Your spirit lives on, Nancy.
Your star still shines brightly in the Highlands night sky. Thank you for
being you. While this is goodbye for now my friend, it is certainly not
SANTA GREEN CUISINA!
Vancouver Island Vegetarian Association (VIVA) and EarthSave Victoria have
teamed up with the Young Parent Support Network to provide mostly organic
vegetarian Christmas Hampers to young local vegetarian families in need.
Can you help? Non-perishables may be donated at Green Cuisine, Market Square,
385-1809. Green Cuisine Restaurant is contributing 50% of all sales on November
11th to purchase perishable items for the hampers just prior
in Vancouver means all hands to the pump to put out the fire of GE food
that’s burning up food purity, as bigwigs from around the world come to
Vancouver to attend the Pacific Rim Biotech Industry Conference. Have no
fear! On Friday Nov 10th, there’s an all-day Teach-In called
Big Money, Bad Science - a Citizen’s Response to Biotechnology & Genetic
Engineering, at the Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville Street, ending with a Public
Forum with David Suzuki, Maude Barlow, Mae-Wan Ho and Ann Clark. Gene Action
is organising buses that will leave Victoria on Friday at 6:00am (meet 5:30am)
either from UVic or Downtown, returning Saturday and/or Sunday, depending
if people want to stay for the demonstrations. To book a place on the bus
($20), call 472-4558; for overnight billeting in Vancouver, call Kelly Bogh
the World" is a new TV documentary mini-series made by Victoria's Asterisk
Productions. Hosted by Des Kennedy, Denman Island's premier writer and gardener,
the programs look at work and time, food, cities, and then economics, asking
how they affect us, who is rethinking things, and what the creative solutions
are. Each 50-minute program has a segment filmed in Brazil, where there
are some wonderfully innovative programs on the go. "ReInventing the World"
will be broadcast on Vision TV in April, and there is a special screening
at UVic on Tuesday Nov 21st (see diary), followed by a panel
discussion. For details call Asterisk, 480-5256. www.asterisk.bc.ca
SEWAGE AND GREYWATER
such a charming topic – but if you met Joan van der Goes, you’d surely agree.
Joan is 81 years old, and lives in Cedar, outside Nanaimo. Five years ago,
she installed a state-of-the-art Clivus Multrum composting toilet (no approval
problems), and a wonderful outdoor greywater treatment system to treat the
remaining household wastewater (no approvals – period!). Her greywater system
consists of a raised box, 4 feet high, 5 feet wide, and 20 feet long which
grows non-edible herbs and other plants. Starting from the bottom, it is
filled with rocks, coarse sand, fine sand and then topsoil, separated by
nylon membranes. The greywater flows into a distributive pipe system six
inches below the surface, is filtered through the box, and exits with less
than 16 total coliforms per 100 mg. She saves 40% of her water, and the
system cost 20% less than a standard septic tank. The local bureaucrats
have refused even to look at her system, but she may now be en route to
approval as an ‘innovative policy’ option. Joan’s a beacon of light; she’ll
be speaking on her experiences at the Compost Education Centre on Wed Nov
8th – see diary.
not the only one to run into obdurate officials and engineers. In North
Saanich, where there is a problem with faulty septic fields polluting Saanich
Inlet, civic engineers have been trying to force a full-scale treatment
plant onto the reluctant residents. The residents are proposing a Peatland
Sewage Treatment System, which pipes the run-off from the existing septic
tanks into an underground constructed peat wetland where nature treats it
with no insects, no smell and no chemicals. The hope is that North Saanich
will take the time to research it. For the full details, see www.members.home.net/hermessenger/peatland.html
OF THE MONTH
city that does not develop its transit faces decay by smog, stress, road-rage
and gridlock. The Victoria Regional Transit Commission wants your views
on our transit service. Right now, transit carries 65,000 passengers a day,
14% of the city’s commuter trips. It costs $53 million a year: passenger
revenue 39%; provincial grant 32%; property tax 11%; gas tax 16%; advertising
2%. A local gas tax was introduced in 1993 at 1.5 cents/litre, raised to
2.5 cents in 1997.
view is that transit should grow into a fast, attractive service serving
75% of the population on a regular basis, reducing traffic and allowing
roads to be narrowed to make room for bicycle paths, as we move towards
a future free of pollution. When Hasselt, Belgium (68,000 residents, 200,000
commuters) was short of funds and losing people, the town abandoned its
plans to build a third ring road, closed one of two existing ring roads
and planted trees in its place, laid more pedestrian walkways and cycle
routes, increased the frequency and quality of transit, and made it free.
Transit use increased by 800% and business flourished, resulting in fewer
accidents and more social activity. The mayor slashed taxes, and the town
is now gaining new residents, not losing them.
Which service option should the Transit Commission follow?
No growth. No new buses or routes. Cost: + $10.5 million per year to maintain
today’s level of service
Population-based increase. Slight expansion, keeping up with population
growth. Cost: + $14 million pa
Expand and improve. Increase transit 18.4% faster than population. More
buses, new routes, faster and more frequent service. Cost +$17.9 million
Which revenue option should the Transit Commission follow?
fares, hold local taxes constant
local taxes, hold fares constant
both fares and local taxes.
Which local tax option should be pursued?
Increase gas tax only?
Increase property tax only?
your views to the Transit Commission, 520 Gorge Rd East, Victoria V8W 2P3.
Fax 995-5639. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org